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NHL Trade Deadline: Conversations About Matt Duchene’s And Michael Ferland’s Future

The trade deadline is about a week away and there has really not been much buzz about what players are going to be moved. We heard so much about certain players like Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Hayes, Dougie Hamilton, Justin Faulk, etc. But, as we hit the one-week mark it seems a lot has gone radio silence. Well, silence for us, the fans.

Anyways, the biggest player we have had our eye on all season is Matt Duchene. What is his future in Ottawa and what is he going to do. Well, after monitoring the situation, reading up on the player and his agent and more information. It seems Duchene is almost a lock to be moved at the trade deadline. It is unlikely he will sign with Ottawa but it is also not out of question it juts seems as if a trade is more likely.

Where can Duchene land? Well, that is unknown. There are a few teams who can add him as a rental player or a team that can add him and sign him for a long term extension if moved. Duchene could be moved to Winnipeg or Columbus but if he is moved to one of these two teams he will probably test the free agency market come July 2019. Deeming Duchene a rental for these two teams due to Winnipeg’s cap space and Columbus’s uncertainty with Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin. If he is moved to a Nashville, Islanders, Panthers or Vegas team they can be a team that signs him for a longer extension if he is moved there.

The Islanders have around 10 million in cap space and have a few RFA’s to re-sign and it would be a very tight squeeze to add Duchene, but that is not to say this is not a possible landing spot. Vegas has the same situation but a lot less in cap space but also a lot of RFA and UFA’s on the move that they can option to not re-sign and free up space. Panthers make for an interesting situation due to their very little cap space but 3-4 players worth 2.5 million or more on the move it can be a possibility. Nashville is a probable destination for Duchene due to their contention spot right now, their window seems to be closing more and more each year so they could be looking to make a push. Either way the Senators and Duchene seem to be on the agreement to part ways and explore Duchene’s future elsewhere.

Michael Ferland Trade Rumors
Michael Ferland continues to help Hurricanes make playoff push as trade deadline nears.

Michael Ferland is an interesting case, he was rumored to be on the block for the Hurricanes about two-weeks ago, but now as the Canes are making a little playoff push and are one point out of contention they may have pulled the brakes on this move. It is not to say that the Canes are not willing to still move Ferland but it seems a lot of talks have slowed down.

As of now we are excepting Ferland to test the free agency market come July 2019 and it seems that is what he wants to do as well. Ferland is coming off a $1.75 million cap hit right now he has 33 points in 50 games (16G, 17A) on pace for back to back 40+ point seasons. Ferland will probably be looking at a 3-4 year contract extension around the 4.5 million AAV value, possibly more.  Which if so the Hurricanes may be able to afford once they come to agreement with Sebastian Aho and Brock McGinn, therefore Ferland even though he is going to test the market could end up back in Carolina.

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Ottawa Senators Actively Shopping Matt Duchene & Make Last Push To Sign Back Mark Stone

The Ottawa Senators cap concerns are here, and the Senators management need to deal with them as soon as possible. They have about a week to move either Duchene or Stone. And as reports form Pierre Lebrun report the Senators are most likely moving on from Duchene and trying to sign back Stone.

The news has been out regarding Duchene for nearly the full season we all knew he was on the move but we also thought their was a chance for him to re-sign in Ottawa. The Senators have now begun to really shop Duchene though. Some teams interested in him have been Winnipeg, Columbus, Nashville as of late. I would predict Duchene goes to a contender and a possible Stanley Cup team but as of now. Teams have just being inquiring about the superstar forward.

As far as Stone goes the news that the Senators are making one last big push for the forward is concerning. Stone seems like he wants to get paid and receive a long term deal therefore if the Senators are not offering that he is going to move on. What I do wonder is what the Senators offers have been that Stone has turned down? If Stone is on the fence between leaving and staying and has already been offered something an turned it down. I am a concerned Senators fans. The whole notion between “making one last push” clearly means that Stone is thinking about going elsewhere…

 

The Ottawa Senators Should DEFINITELY Sign Mark Stone Over Matt Duchene

This a major issue for Ottawa right now. Duchene or Stone? Stone is 26-years-old, an elite scoring winger, perhaps not a franchise level talent but he ranks among the top-20 for players 26-years-old or younger. Duchene is 28-years-old and again an elite forward, can we say franchise talent, sure but he is 28-years-old now so I do not know if I am building a franchise around him right now.

Duchene has played 697 games in the NHL collecting a respectable 525 points (222G, 303A), a 0.75 point per game player in his career. Not too shabby. On the year he has 48 points in 41 games (21G, 27A), has recorded six 50+ point seasons in his career and is a player that skates extremely well, can score goals and play with just about anyone. He is playing Bobby Ryan and Ryan Dzingel and producing quite well.

Stone has played 359 NHL games recording a very respectable 300 career NHL points (117G, 183A), a 0.83 point per game player. On the year Stone has 51 points in 52 games (22G, 29A). Over his career he has recorded over 50 points every year he has been in the NHL despite 2012-13 when he played 4 games and 2013-14 when he played 19 games (in which he had 8 points). Stone is playing with two very young players this year Colin White and Brady Tkachuk and at almost a point per game (0.98).

In my opinion the Senators should move on from Matt Duchene for two reasons, for Duchene to stay they are going to need to over pay him a ton, he is going to ask for 10.5-11 million dollars a year and while Duchene is good he is not worth that money. Reason two, while he seems to be fitting in well with Ottawa right now, when he gets his contract, signs and gets comfortable there, he may not be the same player. Players always play well going into a contract year or on the verge of free agency. He is clearly not a great team/locker room guy with the incident in Ottawa this year in Colorado two years ago. I think Stone fits the Senators way better than Duchene, Stone was drafted in Ottawa has made a name for himself in Ottawa, has a history here, you know what you are going to get from him, his teammates love him and overall Stone just seems like a more secure and suitable option for Ottawa.

As well Stone will probably cost around 7.5-8.5, comparable to a Ryan O’Reilly player who is on a sheet of 7.5 million a year. Stone may cost a little more than O’Reilly per say just because Stone would be their guy and Ottawa is not in a great situation therefore throw him an extra 1-1.5 million a year just because it may not be too great for the first 3-4 years of his contract. Duchene is going to ask for 10+ million for five to six years, money wise, Stone will be cheaper and looking at their career numbers and what they bring to the table it is not like Duchene is head over heels a better player than Stone.

Keep Stone in Ottawa, get a ton of assets for Duchene and move on. With Duchene’s last statement regarding his contract extension talk.

“If I had a gut feeling I’d probably go with it right now but at this point we’re not at that point.” Duchene said after speaking about his contract extension.

This quote alone would make me want to not sign Duchene. What does this even mean? He is just delaying the inevitable of alluding to the fact that he is not going to re-sign in Ottawa. I feel as if Ottawa and Duchene’s agent are way off and it would make no sense to try and work out a deal when you can save the money and get a ton of assets for Duchene.

Top Sellers And Their Current Needs Heading Into The Trade Deadline

The trade deadline seems like it is so far away but in the blink of an eye it will be February 25th, therefore around this time, within the next two weeks we could see a flurry of moves. Always at the deadline there are three types of teams, sellers, buyers and teams staying put. Here are my top five sellers at the deadline and their current needs.

1. New York Rangers:

Clear as day this team is selling, they are probably performing a little above expectations but the team knows they have no intentions on winning right now nor in the next year or two. Therefore most of their roster/players that are ending or nearing the end of their contracts are on the move. For example, Mats Zuccarello is one of the many names on the list that will/is probably going to be moved. Adam McQuaid is on that list, Kevin Hayes, Vladislav Namestikov, and I believe Pavel Buchnevich should but have not heard much about him. The Rangers are going to be selling Zuccarello for sure, McQuaid more than likely, Hayes is 50/50 and same with Namestikov.

What could they use in return? The Rangers want prospects, high-end, projected top-three to six forward players. They could also use some draft picks, maybe another first rounder down the road, a first round this year, and definitely a second round pick. Essentially they want a top-three draft pick.

2. Carolina Hurricanes:

This comes of shock to me as well but the Hurricanes seem like they are in the boat to sell. They are in the market for some young prospects right now and I would say the Hurricanes want to sell because they usually are a team that comes in under the cap space and right now they have to worry about Dougie Hamilton, Justin Faulk and signing Sebastian Aho to a long term contract. Therefore they are looking to sell to do so. The Hurricanes are currently looking to trade Michael Ferland, Dougie Hamilton, Justin Faulk.

What could they use in return? The Hurricanes like forwards, young forwards, players like a Brock McGinn seems to be the Carolina fit. They said they do not want much defenseman actually and they would rather lose 5-4 then lose 2-1. Therefore the Hurricanes want top-two draft picks and high end forward prospects.

3. Detroit Red Wings:

Not big sellers but they are trying to get rid of, should not say get rid of but trade Gustav Nyquist and Jimmy Howard. The Red Wings know they cannot win right now nor next year they have full intentions and sights set on the future and with their current roster make up being a bunch of young up and coming players, it only makes sense to go after draft picks.

What could they use in return? The Red Wings do a helluva a job drafting, give this team two first round picks and they will find some gems. They got a steal in Filip Zadina last draft and would like to have some more draft picks this year. They have said the asking price for Howard and Nyquist are first round picks.

4. Florida Panthers:

The Panthers actually just made three call ups and placed Jamie McGinn on their non-roster. The Panthers are not what we expected this year they have got the goaltending, some inconsistent play and a slow start hurt this team.  Even with Mike Hoffman projected for 40 goals, Yandle having a Norris season and Barkov playing well they still are not in the playoff hunt. The Panthers wanted to be a playoff team this year but like we said things did not go their way and they are essentially just one piece away from being a playoff contending team. That piece is a goaltender. The Panthers could look to sell Mark Pysyk and Nick Bjugstad.

What could they use in return? A legitimate starting goaltender, top-six winger and second or third round draft pick. Could be a Jimmy Howard, Casey DeSmith situation for them but we have not heard much from the Panthers, just speculations.

5. Ottawa Senators:

The Senators have such a difficult off-season ahead of them in terms of contract renewals, they need to sign back Matt Duchene, Mark Stone, Cody Ceci and Ryan Dzingel probably only 2/4 or 3/4 players can come back therefore they are going to be selling one or two of these four names. If I had to guess after what has come out about Duchene and his agent, he could be gone and due to Ceci’s value he could be gone as well.

What could they use in return? Endless top draft picks never hurts, top-three/six forward and top-three/four defenseman prospects. You can easily get a first round, second and top-six prospect forward for Duchene and a 2nd round, bottom-six forward prospect for Ceci.

Top Headlines To Keep Your Eye On As The NHL Trade Deadline Nears…

The All-Star break is over and the regular season is back underway tonight which means the trade deadline is nearing and more speculation about where July 2019 UFA (unrestricted free agents) will end up either before the trade deadline or in the off-season continues.. As of today we have exactly three weeks until the trade deadline so things will be getting pretty dicey over the next 2-3 weeks. For now these are my top story lines to be aware of heading into a pretty important month for teams.

1. Artemi Panarin or Sergei Bobrovsky? the Blue Jackets are at a very difficult road right now, they have two important UFA’s to tend to right now and both can make or break their future. The Blue Jackets seem more inclined to treat their top forward Panarin to a contract, his agent and the Blue Jackets have met now two times but we have not heard anything yet. Bobrovsky has been on the “hot seat” with the Blue Jackets since his stint a few weeks back when he got pulled and never returned to the bench. The Blue Jackets need to decide what they are going to do. They are a top-three Metropolitan division team, have eyes on the playoffs and if everything goes right they can make a run in the playoffs, but if they do that and hold onto both Panarin and Bob they will let the two walk for essentially nothing. I would see Bobrovsky moved at the trade deadline and Panarin re-sign.

2. Ottawa Senators cap situation: The Senators have a similar situation to the Blue Jackets except they have five important players to re-sign and cannot afford any of them. They have a projected 7.43 million in cap space right now. Matt Duchene, Mark Stone, Ryan Dzingel, Colin White and Cody Ceci are all due for contracts. Mark Stone will probably get around 7.5 million lets say therefore they hit their cap hit. Matt Duchene is going to cost around 8-8.5 million probably for 6-7 years, Colin White will cost 2.5-3 million at 4-5 years, Ryan Dzingel will cost 4-5 million at 4-5 years, Cody Ceci will cost 4-4.5 million at 4-5 years. Therefore with all these players contracts that is 27.5 million in cap space between these guys alone. When we add up that 27.5 million and the rest of their players right it comes to 58.93 million in cap, plus all the players on their entry level deals it is 65.63 million, not to mention in two years Brady Tkachuk and Thomas Chabot are going to be due for a contract. This is a tough situation for the Senators, they have a 72 million cap hit and the cap is raising next year but the only way this does work out is if Duchene and Stone get those projected numbers and White/Dzingel/Ceci take those contracts as well.

3. Rangers on the rebuild still? The Rangers have been in the story line for rebuliding since last season but the newest players on the block for the Rangers are Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Hayes and Adam McQuaid, all these players are UFA’s in July and the way the Rangers are going it seems obvious they are going to want to trade them and build for the future. The Rangers have to worry about Anthony Deangelo and Neal Pionk as their main RFA’s this summer. Therefore if the Rangers are going to trade anyone it is going to be Hayes, Zuccarello for the sole reason of what they can receive in return form a contending playoff team.

4. Who are the top trade targets to keep an eye on right now? Wayne Simmonds, Jason Spezza, Andre Burakovksy, Michael Ferland, Brian Boyle, Derick Brassard. My prediciton for these players are Stars receive Burakovsky he can easily slide in their top-six and help them out. Simmonds continues to get targeted by Winnipeg, Nashville, Dallas, Ferland is a top contender in Pittsburgh.

Is Marian Gaborik considering retirement? His time seems to be up in the NHL…

Do you even remember Marian Gaborik? A very skillful Slovak winger, who used to be star of the NHL. Now, being 36-years-old, he has turned out to be a mystery man. Gaborik was dealt last spring from Los Angeles to Ottawa, but there he just played 16 games posting seven points in process.

Gaborik underwent back surgery in mid-April this year and was due to return to the ice in approximately eight weeks. But that was not necessary as it was deep in the off-season for Ottawa. In September, when training camp was knocking on the door, Senators´ GM Pierre Dorion said, that Gaborik is still meeting with specialist in Los Angeles and his return is up in the air.

Former NHL star may not return at all

Nearly eight months have passed from the moment, where Gaborik should have needed just eight weeks to return. Last time Gaborik spoke to media, it was in his home country Slovakia. He could guess the date of his return, mentioned November or December as possible.

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Will Marian Gaborik retire as a Senator?

It is believed, according to Slovak medias, that Marian Gaborik is not coming back to play hockey for the Ottawa Senators this season and he is considering a retirement. Since his legendary years with Minnesota and New York Rangers, Gaborik was more injured than healthy.

He changed up the scenery across America a lot. From Columbus to Los Angeles and finally to Ottawa, in Canada of course. Former NHL star played 1035 games in total and recorded 815 points. The best and shiniest moment of his career came up on his decline, when he out of nowhere posted 14 goals in the play-offs, helping the Kings winning the Stanley Cup in 2014.

Now, he may follow the steps of his good friend and countryman, Marian Hossa. Hossa has not played for more than a year before admitting his retirement. Beyond this year, Ottawa still has to pay almost 5 millions dollars to Gaborik over the next two seasons. It surely seems Gaborik can be thankful for that 2014 revival year, not only for the Cup but also for a seven-year contract he received from Los Angeles.

Ottawa Senators; Trouble in Paradise as Uber driver releases video of players bashing team

 

Here is the unofficial video that was released late Monday night. The players in the car are Thomas Cabot, Dylan DeMelo, Matt Duchene, Alex Formenton, Chris Tierney, Chris Wideman and Colin White. The video goes on for about two minutes and ranges from the players ripping on their teams powerplay, penalty kill, forecheck, systems and a whole lot more I am sure.

Anyways, to start this Uber driver is an absolute scumbag for recording these guys without them even knowing they were being recorded. At least be like “hey guys by the way I record all my rides so just a heads up you are on video right now.” Now it would have been one thing if he said that and they still did it but I am sure they would not have said anything and saved it for after the ride.

Second, I understand there is definitely concern for the things said in this video and it shows the commitment of the players, but I also do think friendly banter and joking around is not a big deal. There is no chance these guys are just going into every game saying “oh f*ck it. Who cares” sure they are not a great team and they know it but they are competitors who still compete every game. Also, this video was in Arizona right after they got shelled 7-1 in Arizona so instead of making the loss a big deal they decided to poke some fun at it. I mean they are going to have to get used to this or else it is going to be a stressful year for the team. While yes, this is not the best way to deal with a loss but keeping things loose and fun instead of having Mr. serious and stick up your ass type of guys around the room all day, everyday this is how they decided to deal with the loss.

Third, the concern is obviously is high for the Senators front office since guys like Chabot, Tierney, DeMelo, Duchene, White, Formenton are all relatively new or entirely new to the team therefore it shows that their commitment is not so high and when you have young players and new players like this making jokes and not taking their jobs serious is not great. Tensions will start to fly in the front office now and it will be pretty uneasy to be in that locker room. I see both sides of this the young guys are trying to make the most of the situation they have and poke some fun, the new players are doing the same, they do not want their life to be hell just because they are on a team that is rebuilding and going to be struggling for a couple years.

Lastly, they have come out and apologized as they collectively said:

“We want to apologize publicly to Marty Raymond, our teammates and coaches for our comments in Phoenix Arizona on October 29th. Our private conversation was recorded without our knowledge or consent. We’re passionate about our team and focusing on growing. We are grateful for the support of our fans and organization. This is an important learning experience and we will do better.”

Sure the apology has to come out and sound like that but I do believe the guys still care abut the team and how they perform like I said, bad loss and wanted to make light of the situation instead of being a bunch of sticklers about how they played. Weird way to deal with it probably and we all may not agree but that’s how young guys deal with loses and stuff in this league nowadays.

Guy Boucher came out after their apology and said:

“Nothing is more important to us during this rebuild than making sure our players and coaches are fully committed to our plan, our values and our system of play. We have every confidence in Marty Raymond’s coaching in the effort and determination of our team; and in the sincerity of our players apology. We are now treating this as a team matter and will be making no further comment to the media.”

Not a good look for Ottawa but the team is 5-6-3 on the year with five more road games left in the month. Probably no more Uber rides for these guys on the road. Be interesting to see if the players try and get in touch with the Uber driver.